Once I pressed publish on Taking Chances, I felt a bit lost. Saying goodbye to characters I loved so much was harder than I thought it would be, even though I had the privilege to write two books with them in.
The challenge I face with Taking Chances was turning characters I made small mentions of in Another Chance into something bigger.
It was a random thought near the end of Another Chance to put Ethan and Lauren together. We didn't know much about Ethan, and just a little more about Lauren, but it felt right to give them a happy ending.
Of course at that stage, I didn't know I'd end up writing their love story, and I had this idea about Lauren's struggles with alcohol in the back of my head that you just glimpse at first. Taking Chances gave me the opportunity to explore it.
Writing that book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I experienced Mark's death from a different perspective (it was hard enough the first time, and I felt Lauren's pain as she was tormented by the thing she'd come to rely on.
Lauren became more special to me than I ever thought she would, and I am so grateful to have created her, and to have nurtured her. She deserved nothing but the best.
So, now I turn my sights on my project I started when Taking Chances was being edited. I'm aiming for an August release, but in the meantime I have some new covers to reveal for the Hot for the Boss series, and they are very steamy!
All this has distracted me of course from finishing off Loving the Rake, but I plan on that being done by the end of the year. I might even free up November to take part in NaNoWriMo again and write another one!
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Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...